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NATIONAL SPEAKERS

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Rodney Cooper is the Kenneth and Jean Hansen Professor of Leadership and Discipleship at Gordon-ConwellTheological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. As a former pastor, Rod is passionate about building churches that reflect the Kingdom of Heaven and also serves as Director of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership which is the premier center for multiethnic church leadership training. He is passionate about discipleship and spiritual formation, missional leadership in the marketplace and community engagement.

 
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Noemi Chavez was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Noemi taught for the Los Angeles United School District before she began pastoring alongside her husband, Joshua, at 7th Street Church in Long Beach, CA. With two boys of her own, she is committed to training the next generation of leaders to serve the local church and communities in the future. Noemi serves on the board of the Young Women’s Empowerment Conference, which focuses on reaching out to and connecting with at risk girls in the foster care system who are also on probation. She is also on the board of student outreach at Biola University.

 
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Naeem Fazal, a Pakistani, was born and raised as a Muslim in Kuwait. He came to the United States shortly after the Gulf War of 1990. In 1992, he had a supernatural experience with Jesus that changed the course of his life. In 2006, he planted Mosaic Church in Charlotte, NC. He is also the co-founder of Charlotte’s citywide outreach initiative, “What If Everyone.” Naeem has been featured in several magazines and on Christian networks, and is the author of ExMuslim. He often speaks at conferences and churches.

 

 

Chris Beard is the Lead Pastor of Peoples Church in Cincinnati. In 2002, the Lord directed him to build church like Heaven on earth. Inspired by John 17 and Revelations 7, Chris has transitioned a traditional (AOG) church from being racially homogenous church to now representing over 35 nations within its membership. Peoples Church has assisted in the planting of more than 20 churches in 20 years, many of which have ethnic, cultural and generational inclusion similar to Peoples Church Cincinnati.

 

 

Dr. Mark DeYmaz planted Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas in 2001 where he continues to serve as Directional Leader. He co-founded the Mosaix Global Network with Dr. George Yancey in 2004, and serves as its president. In 2008 Mark launched Vine and Village, a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on advancing justice and economic transformation in Little Rock’s 72204 ZIP code. He is the author of six books, including his latest, Multiethnic Conversations: an Eight Week Guide to Unity in Your Church (co-authored with Oneya Fennell Okuwobi); and Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community (Thomas Nelson, March 2017). His column, “Mosaic,” appears in each issue of Outreach Magazine.

 

REGIONAL SPEAKERS

 

Chuck Monan serves as Preaching Minister for Pleasant Valley Church of Christ in Little Rock, Ark. A native of Flint, Mich., he is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University (B.A. History, 1986 and M.A. Ministry, 2001). He has done additional graduate work at Michigan State University. He previously served churches in Jackson, Mich., and Oklahoma City, Okla.. He has preached since 1987, and has been at Pleasant Valley since 2001. He has been a contributing writer for the books Redeeming the Times and Preach Better: 10 Ways to Communicate the GoSpel More Effectively. He is a frequent speaker at colleges, seminars and Gospel meetings. He is also a co-host on Little Rock’s 103.7 FM The Buzz show “The Zone” where he reprises his role as The Pigskin Preacher during football season. Chuck is married to Susan (North). They have two sons, Charlie and Nathan, both graduates of Harding University.

 

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